Who Are the Christians in the Middle East?

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More praise for this book

“With the world’s attention focused on ongoing conflicts in Israel,
journalists, authors, and scholars have examined the long-standing
hostility between Jews and Muslims there. One group that is often
omitted from the story, however, is the region’s Christians…. In Who
Are the Christians in the Middle East?
Betty Jane and J. Martin Bailey ex-
plore the history of the region’s various Christian groups, which in-
clude many different Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant traditions.
This is a very practical reference book…. The material is accessibly
written and well researched.”

Publishers Weekly

“This remarkable book is a valuable reference on the historic churches
of the Middle East. It also serves as a guidebook for travelers eager to
understand and worship with fellow Christians in the region. For stu-
dents of religion, this book enriches our understanding of the faith.
For believers, it is a journey to the land where it all began. We are in-
debted to the Baileys for sharing their years of experience in the land
we call ‘holy’ and for doing so in such a readable, informative fashion.”

— JAMES M. WALL
                  senior contributing editor,
                  The Christian Century

“For many American Christians who see the Holy Land as a tourist des-
tination, an archaeological site, or the place of bloody confrontation
between Muslims and Jews, Betty and Martin Bailey’s depiction of the
churches in the Middle East will be startling. This description of the re-
gion’s diverse Christian communities is both a helpful primer and a
rich and affectionate portrait enabling readers to see beyond the me-
dia’s images of intolerance, terror, and despair and to glimpse the hu-
man face of Christians persistently bearing witness to the gospel of
hope, justice, and peace.”

— JOHN H. THOMAS
                                  former general minister and president,
                   Office of General Ministries,
              United Church of Christ

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Table of contents

  • More Praise for This Book i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface to the Second Edition ix
  • Our Love Affair with the Middle East- An Introduction xi
  • Part I - The Churches of the Middle East 1
  • A Western Christian Appreciation of Eastern Christianity 3
  • The Future of Christians in the Arab World 12
  • The Churches of the Middle East Now Work Together 22
  • The Importance of Jerusalem to Christians 32
  • A Timeline of Christianity in the Middle East 37
  • A Word about Numbers 44
  • Part II - Profiles of the Churches 47
  • The Origins of the Diversity of Christianity in the Middle East 49
  • The Eastern Orthodox Family 56
  • The Oriental Orthodox Family 69
  • The Catholic Family 82
  • The Evangelical (Protestant) Family 101
  • The Assyrian Church of the East 134
  • Part III - Church and State in the Middle East 139
  • A Brief History 141
  • Cyprus 145
  • Egypt 148
  • The Holy Land- Israel and Palestine 154
  • Iran 164
  • Iraq 168
  • Jordan 173
  • Lebanon 178
  • The Maghreb (North Africa) 185
  • The Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia 189
  • Sudan 195
  • Syria 199
  • Turkey 204
  • Annotated Bibliography 210
  • Index 214
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